Definitions for siegesidʒ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

siegesidʒ(n.; v.)sieged, sieg•ing.

  1. (n.)the act or process of surrounding and attacking a fortified place in such a way as to compel the surrender of the defenders.

  2. any prolonged effort to overcome resistance.

  3. a series of besetting illnesses or troubles:

    a siege of head colds.

  4. a prolonged period of trouble.

  5. Obs. a seat for a person of distinction; throne.

  6. (v.t.)to assail or assault; besiege.

Idioms for siege:

  1. lay siege to,to besiege.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of siege:

1175–1225; ME sege < OF: seat, der. of siegier < VL *sedicāre to set 蠐 L sedēre to sit

Princeton's WordNet

  1. siege, besieging, beleaguering, military blockade(noun)

    the action of an armed force that surrounds a fortified place and isolates it while continuing to attack

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. siege(noun)ʒ

    when the military or police surround a building or town

    a siege of the castle

Wiktionary

  1. siege(Noun)

    seat

  2. siege(Noun)

    military action

  3. siege(Verb)

    To assault a blockade of a city or fortress with the intent of conquering by force or attrition; to besiege.

  4. Origin: From sege, from sege, siege, seige (modern French siège), from *, ultimately from sedes.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Siege(noun)

    a seat; especially, a royal seat; a throne

  2. Siege(noun)

    hence, place or situation; seat

  3. Siege(noun)

    rank; grade; station; estimation

  4. Siege(noun)

    passage of excrements; stool; fecal matter

  5. Siege(noun)

    the sitting of an army around or before a fortified place for the purpose of compelling the garrison to surrender; the surrounding or investing of a place by an army, and approaching it by passages and advanced works, which cover the besiegers from the enemy's fire. See the Note under Blockade

  6. Siege(noun)

    hence, a continued attempt to gain possession

  7. Siege(noun)

    the floor of a glass-furnace

  8. Siege(noun)

    a workman's bench

  9. Siege(verb)

    to besiege; to beset

Freebase

  1. Siege

    A siege is a military blockade of a city or fortress with the intent of conquering by attrition or assault. The term derives from sedere, Latin for "to sit". Generally speaking, siege warfare is a form of constant, low-intensity conflict characterized by one party holding a strong, static defensive position. Consequently, an opportunity for negotiation between combatants is not uncommon, as proximity and fluctuating advantage can encourage diplomacy. A siege occurs when an attacker encounters a city or fortress that cannot be easily taken by a coup de main and refuses to surrender. Sieges involve surrounding the target and blocking the reinforcement or escape of troops or provision of supplies, typically coupled with attempts to reduce the fortifications by means of siege engines, artillery bombardment, mining, or the use of deception or treachery to bypass defences. Failing a military outcome, sieges can often be decided by starvation, thirst or disease, which can afflict either the attacker or defender. Sieges probably predate the development of cities as large population centres. Ancient cities in the Middle East show archaeological evidence of having had fortified city walls. During the Warring States era of ancient China, there is both textual and archaeological evidence of prolonged sieges and siege machinery used against the defenders of city walls. Siege machinery was also a tradition of the ancient Greco-Roman world. During the Renaissance and the Early Modern period, siege warfare dominated the conduct of war in Europe. Leonardo da Vinci gained as much of his renown from the design of fortifications as from his artwork.


Translations for siege

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

siege(noun)

an attempt to capture a fort or town by keeping it surrounded by an armed force until it surrenders

The town is under siege.

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